Walworth County Crimestoppers
P.O. Box 30
Elkhorn WI 53121
Walworth County Crime Stoppers. The concept of crime stoppers started in
July 1976 with the murder of a gas station attendant, Michael Carmen, in
Albuquerque, New Mexico. Carmen was a young student at the University of
Mexico and was going to marry his high school sweetheart in 2 weeks. Carmen
picked up an extra shift that fatal night for a friend that wanted to be
MacAleese, the chief homicide investigator for Albuquerque Police
Department, after 6 weeks with no leads on the murder approached a local TV
station and arranged the first crime stoppers reenactment. MacAleese said
his reasoning was simple. He felt that there was an eyewitness out their and
what better way to reach a city of 350,000 people than utilizing the media.
The next morning after the reenactment was aired a witness came forward and
described a vehicle with two men in it that were in the area at the time of
the murder. 72 hours after the tip was received, two men were arrested for
the murder and 6 other armed robberies were solved.
criminals did not realize that they would be responsible for a world wide
anti crime movement that has resulted in the solution of more than a half
million crimes and the arrest of nearly 100,000 criminals. Nor did they know
that shooting Carmen at point blank range with a 12 gauge shot gun would
serve as a catalyst for the creation of Crime Stoppers.
County Crime Stoppers was started in 1984. Even though records are unclear,
Walworth County Crime Stoppers has assisted Walworth County Law Enforcement
Agencies in solving many crimes and bringing criminals to justice.
Crime Stoppers is a non-for profit organization. The purposes of Walworth
County Crime Stoppers that appeared in the original Articles of
Incorporation are to promote community welfare, lessen the burden of the
governments of Walworth County, and by assisting the various County Police
Departments in the apprehension and conviction of criminals through making
funds available for use in offering rewards. By helping develop a community
offensive against crime. By motivating members of the public to cooperate
with the various Police Departments.
By providing for rewards and awards for such cooperation and to
inform and educate the public by disseminating information as to criminal
schemes and tactics so as to further protect the public from criminal
goal of Walworth County Crime Stoppers is to support Walworth County Law
Enforcement Agencies in reducing and solving crimes in Walworth County. In
doing so, callers can remain anonymous and collect a reward if their tip
leads to an arrest.
County Crime Stoppers meet once a month to review released criminal cases,
review tips received, status of tips, fundraising, determine rewards to be
paid for an anonymous tips that led to a crime solved and any other business
brought before the board. Any interested, motivated citizen is encouraged
and welcome to join.
Walworth County Sheriff’s Office (262) 741-4635